I may see myself as a bit of a festival pro seeing as I have been to my fair share of festivals over the years. So I am going to share my festival list with you, so you can be fully prepared without experiencing an overloaded car and many long arm-breaking trips back and forward from car to campsite.
1. Tent -
Unless you are going for the day of course. Choose wisely, you don't want a flimsy tent that collapses under the tiniest gust of wind, then again you don't want to spend £100s on a fancy tent that may get muddy/trampled on etc. In fact, WILL, get muddy.
2. Sleeping bag -
For obvious reasons, unless you want to be shivering all night.
3. Pillow -
Not necessary, just depends how comfy you want to be. I always take a pillow as any sleep at a festival is precious sleep.
4. Blow up mattress -
Again, not necessary, it depends on comfort vs how much you want to carry. Additionally you could get a self-inflating mat, or just choose to sleep on the floor.
5. Pump -
Unless you want to blow up that mattress with your mouth. If that is even possible.
6. Torch -
Very handy, especially for those night time trips to the loo.
7. Loo roll -
Essential! Keep some in your tent, some in your bag, some in your pocket. Never know when you might need some toilet roll.
8. Wellies -
Essential. I always laugh at those fools who turn up in their trainers then end up having to buy expensive wellies at the festival.
9. Money -
10. ID -
Again, an obvious one if you are planning to buy or even take in alcohol.
11. Tickets! -
12. Antibacterial hand gel -
A must! If you are a clean freak like me you will take a bottle for each day. Ok maybe that is over exaggerating, but make sure you take at least one bottle. I take antibacterial wipes as well.
13. Plasters & headache pills -
Not absolutely essential. But I always seem to be a walking first aid box, you never know when a plaster may come in handy, and you don't want to be walking around with a throbbing headache all day.
14. Camera -
Just incase you want to take a few pictures for those awesome memories. You may want to take a disposable camera depending on if you think you may drop it in the mud or lose it. I just take my digital camera and make sure I look after it.
15. Tape -
Just in case you get a hole in your tent... or to tape your tent poles together if they break. This happened on the first day at my first festival. Luckily I was prepared.
16. Phone -
Just in case you want to find your mates/call your Mum/check the time. You may not want to take your new, expensive phone.
17. Bin bags -
Useful for putting muddy clothes in, rubbish etc as well as lining your car when you're ready to go home.
18. Toiletries -
I will make a separate post on this.
19. Clothes -
Another post on this to come as well.
Do you have any festival must haves that I have missed off the list?